Wills And Trusts Lawyer For Clear Lake City And The Houston Area

Comprehensive Estate Planning Solutions

Establishing a comprehensive estate plan with the appropriate will and trust documents can be a tremendous benefit for your family. In addition to the assets that you leave behind, a well-executed estate plan will help your estate avoid the costly, time-consuming probate process, avoid disputes among family members and minimize the tax consequences that can diminish the overall value of your estate. However, creating an estate plan in which all of the instruments work together can be a complicated, stressful process. It is important to work with an experienced estate planning lawyer who has a commitment to understanding your unique goals and the experience to find the right tools for obtaining your estate planning goals.

Clear Lake City Wills And Trusts Attorney

At the Law Offices of Dean P. Shearer, we represent Houston area clients in a range of estate planning areas. With more than 20 years of experience, we have thorough knowledge of the various estate planning tools that can help you reach your goals and a strong commitment to providing personalized legal service. We will listen to your goals and interests and walk you through every step of the estate planning process.

Wills

A will is the central document in any comprehensive estate plan, and no estate plan is complete without one. In the will, you can name a will executor and give general instructions for the payment of debts, funeral and burial provisions, and distribution of any assets that remain.

Trusts

A trust is an important estate planning tool that will enable you to transfer assets efficiently, avoid excessive estate tax penalties, and retain control over the timing, manner and purpose of the distribution of your assets, without state law controlling these matters. At the Law Offices of Dean P. Shearer, we help clients create trusts for a variety of purposes, including:

  • Revocable living trusts: A revocable living trust serves as a will substitute that allows you to manage property even in the event of incapacity, avoid probate and avoid estate tax consequences.
  • Special needs trusts and supplemental needs trusts: These trusts allow you to provide for long-term special needs or elder care for loved ones without jeopardizing their eligibility for public benefits.
  • Spendthrift trusts: "Spendthrift trust" is a common name for trusts established to avoid allowing the beneficiary free access to the assets. You can create a certain date, occurrence or accomplishment that must be reached before the assets are distributed. A common example of this is college graduation. Other options include distributing the assets over a long period of time or for certain specified purposes only.

At the Law Offices of Dean P. Shearer, we know that creating an estate plan involves personal considerations as well as legal and financial. We pride ourselves on the personalized service we provide. Only after taking the time to listen to you and to understand your situation will we recommend the appropriate trust documents and will provisions to meet your unique goals.

Contact A League City Will And Trust Attorney

To schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced estate planning lawyer from the Law Offices of Dean P. Shearer, call 281-286-7715 or contact us online.